Top 5 News Headlines Tuesday 8th March 2016



5: Sanders Wins 3 of 4 States in Weekend Contests; Clinton Still Has More Delegates

The race for the Democratic nomination intensified this weekend as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton at caucuses in Maine, Kansas and Nebraska. But Clinton easily won in Louisiana. So far Clinton has won 658 delegates to Sanders’ 471 during the first 19 primaries and caucuses. In addition, Clinton has secured an overwhelming number of unelected superdelegates made up from the party establishment. Clinton and Sanders sparred during a debate in Flint, Michigan, Sunday night;

Democracy Now!

4: Isis planning ‘enormous and spectacular attacks’, anti-terror chief warns

Islamic State want to inflict an “enormous and spectacular” terrorist atrocity on Britain and may have people trained to a paramilitary level to carry out attacks, a counter-terrorism chief has said.

Mark Rowley, a Metropolitan police assistant commissioner, said terrorists still wanted to kill soldiers or the police and now posed a real danger of attacking western lifestyle targets.

Privately, counter-terrorism officials see no sign of Isis’s internet propaganda campaign being thwarted by community and government efforts and believe the group still has the same ability to attract devotees.

Police have stepped up their planning for a marauding gun attack since the Paris attacks in November, in which concertgoers, diners and other revellers were killed.

The Guardian

3: Greece’s Impending Humanitarian Catastrophe: Breaking Borders

An emergency EU summit takes place today aimed at getting Turkey to help Europe stem the flow of migrants into the continent. The refugee crisis is reaching breaking point in Greece with tens of thousands of people trapped there and around 2,000 more arriving each day.

Austria’s decision on February 19 to limit the number of people crossing its borders sparked the bottleneck, which escalated as other countries on the Balkan route into northern Europe followed suit. Now, the European Union has declared plans to formally close those borders to migrants.

As the European Union dissolves into heated disagreement over shared responsibility, VICE News correspondent Milène Larsson visits a tent city that’s cropped up at the Greek-Macedonian border. She speaks to some of the 13,000 people stranded there and to overwhelmed aid personnel who are warning a humanitarian disaster could be only days away.

Vice News

2: US drone strike in Somalia kills ‘150 fighters’

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The US military has carried out a drone strike against an al-Shabab training camp in Somalia over the weekend, killing at least 150 fighters.

The Pentagon said on Monday that the strike occurred over the weekend on the camp about 195km north of the capital Mogadishu.

“The fighters were there training and were training for a large-scale attack. We know they were going to be departing the camp and they posed an imminent threat to US and [African Union] forces,” Captain Jeff Davis, Pentagon spokesman, said.

“Initial assessments are that more than 150 terrorist fighters were eliminated,” he said.


1: Landcorp confirms forest-to-dairy backdown

It had been in the process of clearing forestry land north of Taupo for conversion to dairy farms for about 30,000 cows.

Landcorp chief executive Steven Carden said the company would significantly reduce its dairying footprint at the Wairakei Estate.

RNZ News earlier reported that Landcorp had come to the realisation that the environmental impacts of its conversions in the Waikato were simply too great.

Mr Carden said 14500ha of former forestry land earmarked for dairy farming at the estate would now have alternative uses.

He said this would reduce the risk of phosphate and sediment loss and bacterial contamination, and should also result in a significant reduction in nitrogen leaching.



  1. Anybody know what’s going on in National mp Todd Barclays office in Clutha Southland ?
    Secret recordings and staff resignations reported

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